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Hall v Holker Estate Co Ltd [2008] EWCA Civ 1422 (17 December 2008)


Defendant Caravan Park Liable for Accident on Football Pitch:The Court of Appeal held that the trial judge had erred in finding that the owners and operators of a caravan park were not liable for an accident that occurred when a portable football goal that should have been pegged to the ground collapsed. The judge had found that there was no evidence that the goal had not routinely been sufficiently secured so as to make it safe. However, the appeal judges held that once he had found that the accident was caused by a want of safety at the time, this was a known risk against which counter measures by way of inspection and appraisal were called for. On the evidence, he should have approached the case on the basis that the lack of pegs had existed at least throughout the day; the accident could thus have been prevented by a daily inspection regime.